Like many, this event was the opportunity to go and discover the Suez Canal in Msfs, it is a simple scene, I did not represent the traffic jams which results from it because of the lack of different assets for ships.
- A more complete version of this event was created by FlyBoyRez1, using the Global AI Ship Traffic addon is available here: Ever Given - Suez Traffic Jam
- Also, another scene created by Travolt which represents it as it is currently partially unlocked: Partially refloated Ever Given Ship
The Ever Given is now free and everything is back to normal in the Suez Canal, Thanks again to all of you for your messages and it was nice to fly together at this event, you are Awesome ! :D
Fly Safe !
- Added the Ever Given container ship as a Landmark , which stuck in the Suez Canal on March 23, 2021.
- Tested and created with msfs2020 stock plus free world updates.
Wikipedia source context: Link
2021 Suez Canal grounding
Main article: 2021 Suez Canal obstruction
At 07:40 Eastern European Time (UTC+02:00) on 23 March 2021, the ship was passing through the Suez Canal on its way to Rotterdam from Tanjung Pelepas when it became stuck and blocked the canal. According to a statement by the Suez Canal Authority, the ship ran aground diagonally after losing the ability to steer amid high winds and a dust storm. In a separate statement, Evergreen Marine said that it had been told the ship "was suspected of being hit by a sudden strong wind, causing the hull to deviate from [the] waterway and accidentally hit the bottom". The ship ended up with its bow wedged in one bank of the canal and stern nearly touching the other.
The ship had been running fifth in a northbound convoy, with fifteen vessels behind it when it ran aground. Traffic in both directions was blocked for at least 4 days, leading to a traffic jam of over two hundred vessels. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), the technical manager company that manages the container ship, denied earlier reports that the vessel had been partially refloated. In addition, trade experts are worried of a supply chain delay and tension due to the indefinite delay to not just the trapped ships, but any vessel that was planned to cross the Suez.
Eight tugboats worked to re-float the vessel in collaboration with a Komatsu excavator removing sand from the side of the canal where the bow of the vessel is wedged. After an overnight break the rescue work resumed in the morning of 25 March.
An unnamed Egyptian official was reported as saying that refloating the ship would take days if not weeks. Lt. Gen. Ossama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal Authority announced, "The Suez Canal will not spare any efforts to ensure the restoration of navigation and to serve the movement of global trade." BSM and SKK said that all 25 crew are safe and accounted for. All crew are Indian nationals and remain on board. And there had been "no reports of injuries or pollution". Egyptian meteorologists reported that high winds and a sandstorm had affected the area on the day of the grounding, with winds gusting as much as 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph).
Addressing a press conference on 27 March, Rabie, chairman of the SCA, said that weather conditions were "not the main reasons" for the ship's grounding, adding, "There may have been technical or human errors ... All of these factors will become apparent in the investigation."
The ship was partially freed from sediment and re-floated on 29 March 2021 at 05:52.
The ship was finally freed in the afternoon at 15:05 EGY (13:05 UTC), and the ship started moving under tow towards the Great Bitter Lake for technical inspection, the first step to reopening the canal, planned for later that day. After the canal had been checked, in case there had been damage, the Suez Canal Authority informed shipping agencies that shipping was to resume from 19:00 local time (17:00 UTC).